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Breaking News: Microsoft Names EVP Satya Nadella as New CEO; Lead Director John W. Thompson to replace Bill Gates as Chairman Featured

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EVP Satya Nadella Becomes CEO of Microsoft; Lead Independent Director John Thompson Named Chairman

Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella, 46, as CEO and member of the Board. Nadella previously held the position of EVP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. Since joining the company in 1992, Nadella has spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across the company’s portfolio of products and services, most notably the company’s move to the cloud and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world supporting Bing, Xbox, Office and other services. 

During his tenure overseeing Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market and took share from competitors. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was VP of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.

Nadella replaces Steve Ballmer, 57, who announced in August 2013 that he would retire once a successor was named.

Microsoft also announced that Bill Gates, 58, previously Chairman of the Board, will assume a new role on the Board as Founder and Technology Advisor, and will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction.

John W. Thompson, 64, Lead Independent Director for the Board, will assume the role of Chairman. Thompson joined the Microsoft Board in February 2012. Thompson is the CEO of privately held Virtual Instruments, whose products are designed to ensure the performance and availability of applications deployed in virtualized and private cloud computing environments. Since 2009, Thompson has been an active investor in early-stage technology companies in Silicon Valley. Before that, during his 10-year tenure as CEO of Symantec, he helped transform the company into a leader in security, storage and systems management. Thompson stepped down as CEO in 2009, and from Symantec's board in 2011. Previously, he held leadership positions at IBM, including sales, marketing, software development and GM of IBM Americas, and was also a member of IBM's Worldwide Management Council.

Date: February 5, 2014

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Dora Vell

Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults, garage.ca, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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